There are doctrinal issues I’ve been meaning to write about. To be perfectly honest, that is not my strong suit. I know people who are much better at that than me. I’ve done the work for myself, studying the Bible to test what I was taught, and I know what I believe. I know true doctrine is important though, and all things work together to help create better understanding of the gospel. So, I want to do my best.
I’ve recently realized that several of the issues I want to explore and write about can be determined by better understanding a single, and very fundamental, aspect of the Christian faith. The Resurrection.
What is the resurrection? What does the promise of the resurrection from the dead mean for us? Is this a future event only, or does it have some application to our lives now? This affects how we view the gospel of the kingdom of heaven in general.
What is the first and second resurrection? Not all people realize that there are two resurrections. What is the difference between these? What occurs at the first resurrection? What about the second resurrection? Answering this leads to better understanding about the judgment of God.
When does the resurrection happen? We will consider whether or not the first and second resurrection occur together or at separate times. Pertaining to the timing of the first resurrection, in answering this, we can put to rest debate for and against Christian soul sleep or for and against going to heaven right away when we die. We will also compare the first resurrection to the rapture doctrine.
Who is the resurrection? Of course, as Christians, we know that Jesus is the resurrection. No other can raise us from the dead. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. For good measure, we will discuss this too.
What am I missing?
If you have any suggestions for resurrection questions or topics to include in this series, I’d love to hear them. This will be my focus for doctrine-related articles for a while. In-between posting these I will work on the articles that are easier for me like the “preparing for end-times” series and the random posts as inspired to write.